The Signature Theater has extended until April 24 the New York premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Confederates, directed by Stori Ayers. The production, presented at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd Street, New York), March 27.

Confederates, by Tony Award-nominated playwright Signature Residency 5 and MacArthur Fellow Morisseau, jumps back in time to trace the identities of two black American women and explore the reins that racial and gender bias still hold on American systems today. . Sandra, a tenured political science professor at a modern private university, was the target of a hateful Photoshopped image taped to her office door. She sorts out strained relationships with students and faculty, finding herself buried in everyone’s reducing visions of her as a black woman in academia. Sara, an enslaved rebel, is drawn into a plot to spy on her master for the Union and begins to find her own control as she resists oppression, understatement and desire – and fights her own way. path.

The cast includes Elijah Jones (Richard II, The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield) as Abner/Malik, Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen, Dominique Morisseau’s Paradise Blue) as Sara, Andrea Patterson (cullud wattah, Dominique Morisseau’s Paradise Blue) as LuAnne/ Jade, Kenzie Ross (Blood at the Root, A Christmas Carol In Harlem) as Missy Sue/Candice and Michelle Wilson (The House That Will Not Stand, Sweat) as Sandra. The creative team includes Rachel Hauck (Scenic Design), Ari Fulton (Costume Design), Amith Chandrashaker and Emma Deane (Lighting Design), Curtis Craig and Jimmy Keys (Sound Design), Katherine Freer (Projection Design), Ann James (Intimacy Coordinator), Jonathan Castanien (production manager) and Caparelliotis Casting (casting).

Confederates began with a commission from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (where it will take place this summer in a production directed by Nataki Garrett) and the Penumbra Theater, whose founder Lou Bellamy contacted Morisseau, directing him to an article by Ta- Nehisi Coates asking why more black people aren’t studying or writing about black involvement in the Civil War. In the 2011 article, Coates writes, “For my community, the message has long been clear: the Civil War is a white story – played by white people, on white terms – in which black people figure strictly as basic and prop characters.” Bellamy hired Morisseau to interrogate Coates’ central question. As she describes it, her interest immediately turned to “what were black women doing at that time? This investigation, which led her creating Sara, collided with her thought: “If I’m going to write a play about that time, I don’t think I want to do it in a vacuum, I want to interrogate something right now, and not in the way which most of these stories about the past are just there to be subtle mirrors into the present. I don’t want a subtle mirror, I want a manifest mirror. I try to own and directly confront the history of our nation and its implications for the present.”

Although Confederates meticulously portrays academia in its contemporary storyline, its analogues in other areas are striking. Ayers adds, “In theatre, it became clear to me that so many people at the top don’t fully understand how our past has seeped into the culture we produce and seeped into the whole institution. In the play , we are asked the question: can this black woman hold a position of power in this institution with what she faces and against and how she is treated and how this position is undermined? the past year, within the theater industry, we’ hope people will be, I hope, more able to draw direct parallels between academia, our institution of theatrical creation, and other areas where positions of power change, but not without adversity.”

Tickets and schedule

All shows are held at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42nd St) Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater. For a full performance schedule, click here.

All tickets through April 10 are $35, thanks to the Signature Ticket Initiative. In an effort to maintain access to affordable tickets, Signature is now offering the choice between the subsidized price of $35 or the new Pay It Forward option of $52.50 to $70 which includes a donation directly to the Signature Ticket Initiative . Ticket prices increase to standard dynamic pricing during the extension, with April 12-17 tickets ranging from $40-$100 and April 19-24 ranging from $45-$125.

COVID-19 Safety

Signing will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all visitors to the Pershing Square Signature Center. Additionally, masks should always be worn except when actively eating or drinking. See all of Signature’s COVID-19 safety protocols and latest updates at signaturetheatre.org/covid-19.

About Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau (She/Her) is playwright-in-residence 5 at Signature Theater and author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle): Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theater) and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater , Harlem Classical Theater and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the author of the TONY-nominated book for the Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). TV/Film Projects: She recently served as co-producer of the Showtime series “Shameless.” She is currently developing projects with Netflix, HBO and A24, and wrote the film adaptation of the documentary STEP for Fox Searchlight. Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award (2), and the Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18 and recipient of the 2018 MacArthur Genius Fellowship.

Stori Ayers (She/Her) is a New York-based actor and director and co-founder of [RARE] Lotus Productions. Originally from Washington, DC, she has a passion for stories that challenge social norms, create conversations in the community, and ignite a spirit of activism within her generation. This season, Ayers directed Dominique Morisseau’s Blood at the Root at the Chautauqua Theater Company and Paradise Blue at the Geffen Playhouse, and directed as an associate Skeleton Crew on Broadway. Ayers directed as an assistant the world premiere of August Wilson’s solo show How I Learned What I Learned at the Signature Theater (NYC). She was the 2018 and 2019 director of the Chautauqua Theater Company, where she directed as an assistant An Octoroon (dir. Giovanna Sardelli), Into the Breeches (dir. Laura Kepley), One Man, Two Guvnors (dir. Andrew Borba) and Amish Project (Dir. Sarah Wansley). Other accomplishments include Skeleton Crew (Ensemble Theater Cincinnati); When the Statues Fall (Cleveland Playhouse); Night vision; Third year (playing on air); Blood at the Root (University of Michigan); Single Black Woman (Penn State School of Theater); Hip Hoperella; I’m going, boys. Wish me good luck; and Fires in the Mirror (Fletcher Collins Theatre). Ayers is a proud member of SDC and Actors’ Equity, holds a BA from Mary Baldwin University and an MFA in acting from Penn State University, and is the former writers’ executive assistant. Dominique Morisseau and Katori Hall. She is currently an editorial assistant to Ms. Morisseau

About the cast

Elijah Jones (Abner/Malik). (He him). Off Broadway: Richard II (The Public Theatre), Rolling Stone (u/s) (Lincoln Center). Regional: The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield (Humana Festival), Airness (Chautauqua Theater Company), As You Like It (Chautauqua), Macbeth (Actors Theater of Louisville). Awards: Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Prize 2021. Education: MFA from Juilliard, BA from Penn State.

Kristolyn Lloyd (Sara). (She she). Kristolyn is an actress, singer, writer and director. Grammy and Emmy Award winner. Acting credits include Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen. Off-Broadway: Little Women (Primary Stages), Blue Ridge (Atlantic), Paradise Blue (The Signature Theatre), Hamlet (The Public Theatre), Invisible Thread (Second Stage Theatre), Heathers The Musical (New World Stages), Cabin In The Sky (Still Downtown). Regional selection: Paradise Blue (Williamstown), Witness Uganda (ART), Hairspray, Rent (Hollywood Bowl). TV: Random Acts of Flyness (HBO), Elementary, Madam Secretary (CBS), ER (NBC), Lie to Me (FOX), Kevin Can Wait (CBS). His achievements include: Dainty (BOLD Festival, The Garden Workshop) Nick and The Prizefighter (Modern Works Festival), A Patriots Place (B-Street Theatre, BOLD Festival).

Andrea Patterson (LuAnne/Jade). (She she). Recently seen on stage as Ainee in cullud wattah at the Public Theatre, Queen Woodville in Seize The King (Classical Theater of Harlem), Silver in Paradise Blue (Detroit Public Theatre). TV credits include Blue Bloods, Manifest and Jessica Jones.

Kenzie Ross (Missy Sue/Candice). (She she). Off Broadway: Blood at the Root (The National Black Theatre), A Christmas Carol In Harlem (Harlem Classic Theatre). Regional: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, ACANSA Arts Festival, Market Theater Lab, Magnet Theatre, National Arts Festival, The Kennedy Center, People’s Light, Penn State Center Stage, The LARK. Movie: The Next Good Thing, Get Involved, Mutt.

Michelle Wilson (Sandra). (She she). Michelle Wilson’s final stage appearance was in the acclaimed New York Theater Workshop production of The House That Will Not Stand. Michelle is best known for her work in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat. Wilson originated the role of factory worker Cynthia at the Public Theater where the show was extended several times before moving to Broadway and receiving three Tony Award nominations, including Best Play and Best Performance by an Actress. in a starring role for Michelle. Plus many theater credits include the Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun, Detroit ’67, Follow Me to Nellie’s, Fahrenheit 451, Two Trains Running, The People Before the Park and others. Wilson wields Sara Jordan’s powers in Steven Speilberg’s Amazing Stories, Signs of Life episode (Apple TV). Her other notable TV appearances include Bull, The Good Fight, Blue Bloods and Madame Secretary. She is featured in the Emmy-winning Apollo Theater documentary and was featured in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ HBO special Between the World and Me. Seen on the big screen as Sarita in the acclaimed Premature of Sundance Film Festival, as Pollok in The True Adventures of Wolfboy alongside Jaeden (Lieberher) Martell and John Turturro, late January 2022 reunites with Michelle in the release of three films: the Adrien Brody directed the film, Clean, (2021 Tribeca Film Festival); The Sudance 2022 film starring Dale Dickie and Wes Studi, A Love Song: and A Shot Thru the Wall, written and directed by Aimee Long.